How to add red, white and blue to your garden

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Memorial Day is this coming Monday! LaRene Bautner from Millcreek Gardens joined GTU to talk  about adding “red, white & blue” into your landscape!
Join Millcreek Gardens this Saturday for a free BBQ to celebrate Memorial Day.
Before you begin a project where you are going to be doing substantial digging don’t forget to call BLUE STAKES at 811.
The other thing to remember is that “dirt is what you wash out of your clothes – soil is what you plant in.” Millcreek Gardens feature a wide variety of Gardner & Bloom soil mixes including Planting Mix (all around performer), Acid Planting Mix (great for Japanese maples) Harvest Supreme for veggies. Featured today is Rose & Flower Planting Mix which is ideal for a variety of in-ground and container planting. We also highly recommend the “tone” organic fertilizers – today we’re featuring “Plant-tone.”
Red, White & Blue combo #1
  • Eastern Snowball (Viburnum opulus ‘Sterile’) – Masses of large, pure white, snowball-like flower clusters make a showy display and are exquisite in floral arrangements. Glossy, bright green leaves have a purplish-red fall coloring. A spectacular landscape specimen. Deciduous. Partial to full sun. Moderate grower to 12 feet tall x 10 feet wide. Larger with age.
  • Whetman Star™ Single Superstar Dianthus (Dianthus ‘Wp11 Tyr04’ Plant Patent #25,077) – Delightfully fragrant blooms appear throughout the summer. Pink petals are fringed with pale pink and accented with a deep red start in center of each bloom. Spreads to form a neat clump of slender blue-green foliage, perfect for the front of borders or in patio containers. Superb, long-lasting cut flower. Semi-evergreen. Full sun. Reaches 6 inches tall x 8 inches wide.
  • Anchusa azurea Dropmore (Italian Bugloss, Alkanet) – Prized for deep intense blue flowers. Anchusa Dropmore is a clump-forming perennial which features forget-me-not-like flowers. This Mediterranean native blooms with upright spikes starting in May. Eye catching blue blooms make a nice addition to the perennial border, large container plantings, mass plantings, and edging fence lines. Grows to 4 feet tall x 3 feet wide.

Red, White & Blue Desert

  • Brakelights® Red Yucca (Hesperaloe parviflora ‘Perpa’ Plant Patent #21,729) – Vibrant, brake light-red blooms are a great color improvement to this species! This compact newer selection rarely sets seedpods, meaning more prolific flowering over an exceptionally long season. Plant in mass for a dramatic effect in xeriscape and waterwise gardens. Good container specimen. Evergreen. Full sun. Foliage clumps reach 2 to 3 feet tall and wide.
  • Blue Chalksticks (Senecio serpens) – A small, low growing succulent, branching from the base and rooting along the stems to provide an easy care, attractive ground cover for warm sunny hillsides and yards. Powdery blue-green fleshy leaves take on purple tints in extreme heat and sun exposure. Full sun. Not winter hardy in Utah, so treat as an annual or bring indoors for the winter.
  • Wheels of Wonder® White Iceplant (Delosperma ) – Hundreds of small pure white blooms attract butterflies from spring to summer. Sun-loving, drought tolerant plants spread to create a colorful mat. Thrives with little care once established. Excellent groundcover or container or rock garden accent. Full sun. 2-3″ H x 12-18″ W
Red, White & Blue Edible
  • Veggies and herbs can be planted now. Everything tastes better when you grow your own!
  • Hidcote Superior English Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia ‘Hidcote Superior’) – Short spikes of deep, purple blue flowers cover the compact, shrubby mound of aromatic silvery foliage and attract butterflies. Used in perfumes, sachets, oils and for medicinal purposes. May also be used as a deterrent against insects. Evergreen. Full sun. Reaches 1 ft. tall and wide; bloom spikes slightly taller.
  • Albion Strawberry (Fragaria x ananassa ‘Albion’ Plant Patent #16,228) – The perfect dessert strawberry due to its high sugar content! Bursting with sweetness, this newer everbearing selection is distinguished by its conical, symmetrically shaped fruit with firm texture and superior flavor. Albion is high yielding, tolerates heat and humidity, and has excellent disease resistance. Full sun. Reaches 12 in. tall, spreading 12 to 24 in. wide.
  • Sweet Bay (Laurus nobilis) – Slender conical form slowly grows into a small shapely tree. Dark green, highly aromatic foliage is valued as a flavorful culinary seasoning. Can be sheared into a formal hedge or topiary form. Thrives in containers. Drought tolerant in the landscape, once established. Evergreen. Partial to full sun. Slow-growing, 12 to 15 ft. tall and wide; taller if grown as a single-trunk tree. Hardy to zone 8 which means that it should be grown in a container in Utah and get winter protection against freezing temperatures.
  • Sweet 100 Cherry Tomato – Sweet 100 Tomato is a hybrid cherry variety that produces incredibly tasty fruit. Some aficionados are so enamored with the taste that they call Sweet 100s “vine candy” and eat cherries straight off the plant. But the “100” part of the name is a misnomer in the sense that it’s too modest. Most plants of this variety produce not one hundred, but rather hundreds of fruit. If you’re looking for large volume from one or two plants to last you all season, look no further. Long clusters produce up to one hundred cherry tomatoes on that stalk alone.
Millcreek Gardens has lots of different varieties of veggie starts including peppers, tomatoes, squash, pumpkin, etc.
Every Day is a Great Day at Millcreek Gardens!
3500 South 900 East, Salt Lake City, Utah
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